Ryan Crafton, a senior at Henrietta High School, wrapped up his show years March 9-11 with his third champion drive of the year, this time at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where his heifer was named reserve grand champion Charolais.
This is Crafton’s second such feat at a major show this year. He also earned reserve grand champion Charolais calf at the Fort Worth Stock Show in January. One week earlier, Crafton won grand champion heifer at the Clay County Junior Livestock Show, and also showed the grand champion market steer.
He won first in class at all three shows.
Crafton was one of nine Henrietta FFA members competing at Houston to place with breeding beef heifer projects.
Henrietta claimed another class winner in Stafanie Wolf’s Charolais heifer. Kassidy Beeler took second in class with a Maine-Anjou and Parker West placed second in his Red Angus class.
Braiden Obermier placed third in his Hereford heifer class. Parker Dunkerley took fifth place in his Angus class, while Conner Kirby placed fifth in his Angus class.
Camrin Byers finished sixth in his Beefmaster class. Riley Sizemore took seventh in class among Polled Herefords.
Houston is the world’s largest junior livestock show the highlights top-notch livestock and Texas 4-H and FFA exhibitors in the main show arena in Reliant Center.
Over 1,700 junior breeding beef heifers competed over the three-day. Breeds shown consist of Angus, Beefmaster, Brangus, Charolais, Grey Brahman, Hereford, Limousin, Maine-Anjou, Polled Hereford, Red Angus, Red Brahman, Red Brangus, Santa Gertrudis, Shorthorn, Simbrah, Simmental, Other Registered Breeds and American Registered Breeds. All heifers are judged in the categories of Heifer Calves, Junior Heifers and Senior Heifers, depending on their birth date. Each breed is judged on their breed’s desired characteristics.